Professor Rowland Wymer

Emeritus Professor of English

Faculty:Faculty of Arts, Law & Social Sciences

Department:Department of English and Media

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: English literature

Rowland’s main areas of expertise are in the fields of English Renaissance drama (including Shakespeare), science fiction and film.

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Rowland did both his undergraduate and postgraduate degrees at the University of Oxford. Before joining Anglia Ruskin in 2004, he worked for many years at the University of Hull, including a period as Head of English.

At Anglia Ruskin, Rowland was the Head of English and Media for several years, in addition to being a Professor of English and a member of the Reinventing the Renaissance Research Centre. He retired in 2014.

Research interests

  • English Renaissance drama (including Shakespeare)
  • Science fiction
  • Film (including the films of Derek Jarman)
  • Religion and literature

Areas of research supervision

  • English Renaissance drama (including Shakespeare)
  • Science fiction
  • The films of Derek Jarman
  • Film adaptations of plays by Shakespeare and his contemporaries
  • Religion and literature


  • BLitt Jacobean Drama, University of Oxford
  • MA English Language and Literature, University of Oxford

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Member, British Science Fiction Association (BSFA)

Selected recent publications

Wymer, R. (Ed.), forthcoming 2015. The Witch of Edmonton by William Rowley, Thomas Dekker, and John Ford. In: The Collected Works of John Ford, gen. ed. Sir Brian Vickers. Vol. 2. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Wymer, R., 2014. A Performance History of The Witch of Edmonton. Early Modern Literary Studies, 17(2).

Wymer, R., 2014. Derek Jarman’s Renaissance and The Devils (1971). Shakespeare Bulletin, 32(3), pp.337-57.

Barrington, D., Bennett, Z., and Wymer, R., 2014. Ted Hughes, Pauline Mayne, and Mexborough. The Ted Hughes Society Journal, 4(1), pp.19-28.

Wymer, R., 2013. Science, Religion and Magic in James Blish’s ‘After Such Knowledge’ Sequence. Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts, 24(1), pp.25-40.

Wymer, R., 2013. The Duchess of Malfi on Film: Peter Huby’s Quietus. In: Brown, S.A., Lublin, R.I., and McCulloch, L. (Eds.), 2013. Reinventing the RenaIssance: Shakespeare and His Contemporaries in Adaptation and Performance. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp.271-85.

Wymer, R., 2012. Ballard’s Story of O: ‘The Voices of Time’ and the Quest for (Non)Identity. In: Baxter, J. and Wymer, R. (Eds.), 2012. J. G. Ballard: Visions and Revisions. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp.19-34.

Szőnyi, G. and Wymer, R., 2011. John Dee as a Cultural Hero. European Journal of English Studies, 15(3), pp.189-209.